Police Department offers the following recommendations
to assist citizens against scams designed to steal
– don’t give your credit card number to an unsolicited
telemarketer and check out any deal before parting
with your hard-earned money.
|Where did you get my name?
|Can you send me written materials to back
up your claims?
|Explain all the risks involved in this investment.
|Would you be willing to explain your proposal
to my attorney, accountant or banker?
|What governmental agency supervises your
|How long has your company been in business?
|How much of my money will go for fees and
|Where will my money be held, exactly?
|What type of written statements do your provide,
and how often will I receive them?
|Who are the principals of your firm? Can
you provide references for them?|
may lie while answering these questions, but most
likely they’ll simply hang up in disgust because
you are not an easy target.
|Don’t let "greed" overcome common sense.
|If it sounds too good to be true, it probably
|Get a second opinion.|
reveal your "vital numbers" – credit card,
phone card, Social Security, bank account
or personal identification numbers (PIN) –
to verify a contest prize, to become eligible
for a low-cost vacation or for any other fabulous
|Demands for cash only.
|Need for quick decisions.
|No-risk, high-yield investments.
|Dialing telephone numbers that will result
in charges to your phone bill. Remember
that 800 numbers are free; 900 numbers are not.|
feel you have been the victim of a scam or have
additional questions, please contact the Houlton Police
Department at 532-2287 for more information.